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About Bansuri:

    The Bansuri flute may be seen in many sacred pictures of Lord Krishna and Saraswati, goddess of music.


    The Bansuri (bans [bamboo] + swar [musical note]) is a transverse alto flute made of a single length of bamboo and has six or seven open finger holes.There are no keys to produce sharps and flats, therefore all accidentals and microtones, as well as meend (glissandi) and other ornaments, so important to Indian classical music, are produced by a unique fingering technique.


    The Bansuri with its pastoral association and the chosen instrument of Lord Krishna, is one of the oldest musical instruments of India: it is mentioned in the Vedas and is depicted in the Buddhist art of 2,000 years ago. One Sanskrit verse credits the Bansuri as the source of swarajnana - the knowledge of music. 

    Although the Bansuri is among the most ancient musical instruments of India, its status as a concert instrument for north Indian classical music is a relatively recent phenomenon. This favorite instrument of shepherds and folk musicians for thousands of years was brought into the fold of Hindustani classical music by the legendary maestro the late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh . Previously the bamboo flute of North India had been a soprano instrument usually no more than fourteen inches long and was used for short classical pieces, light music or accompaniment. Pannalal Ghosh's innovations in the development of the bansuri included the creation of a larger instrument of more than thirty inches in length, (thus giving the Bansuri its characteristic somber-yet-sweet tone and register, so suitable for Hindustani classical music), and the addition of the seventh finger hole (which extends the range of the instrument, while also allowing for the more accurate rendition of many ragas) and the development of the bass bansuri. Perhaps Pannalal Ghosh's greatest contribution however was his insightful adaptation of the classical vocal style and its presentation on the bansuri. A consummate artist who's virtuosity was equaled by the depth of his understanding, Pandit Pannalal Ghosh singlehandedly elevated the status of the bansuri to that of an instrument capable of expressing the sublime and wondrous nature of the classical vocal style.

    Some great samples of Bansuri on another site...please remember to come back! http://www.goes.com/~mgreen/

    Just a small observation if I may: some people order very large flutes and I don't hear from them again or they then order a smaller flute. It is my feeling that this is usually because they have ordered a flute where the long hole spacing makes it difficult for them to play. For beginners with normal size hands a "C" flute of about 19" long is ideal as a first instrument. Then one can grow into the larger flutes as one's hands become accustomed to stretching more and more... PeterC.

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This is a Buckingham Music, Inc. Bansuri flute by Jeff Whittier.

About Sri Jeff Whittier, the expert maker: Jeff Whittier began his formal study of North Indian music in 1971 with G.S. Sachdev. He is an exponent of the Indian classical tradition called "Gayaki Ang" or the style of playing based on Hindustani vocal music. As well as being a noted performer of the bansuri, or bamboo flute, he is also a master craftsman of the instrument. In a 40-year career of flute-making he has provided flutes to some of the most famous musicians of India, including Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia who is the leading bamboo flautist of Hindustani music. His flutes are also used in the Broadway shows "The Lion King," "Aida," "The King and I" and "Miss Saigon".

 

Here is the range of Buckingham Music, Inc.'s flutes by Sri Jeff Whittier.
You may order on-line by clicking on the "Order here" link next to the instrument you need.


Please note: all flutes are made for right-handed playing, unless otherwise ordered.

PLEASE NOTE WELL

   Our flutes are not returnable. As we live in the age of SARS virus and other contagious diseases we do not wish to spread germs.

 

Bansuri are available in the following sizes:

"F" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

FF6

 F

 C

 14"

 6

$45

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FF7

F

 C

 14"

 7

$50

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"E" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

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EF6

 E

 B

 15"

 6

$50

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EF7

 E

 B

 15"

 7

$55

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"D#" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

DSF6

 D#

 B flat

 16"

 6

$60

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DSF7

 D#

 B flat

 16"

 7

$65

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"D" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

DF6

 D

 A

 17"

 6

$60

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DF7

 D

 A

 17"

 7

$65

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"C#" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

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CSF6

 C#

 G#

 18"

 6

$65

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CSF7

 C#

 G#

 18"

 7

$70

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"C" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

CF6

 C

 G

 19"

 6

$70

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CF7

 C

 G

 19"

 7

$75

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"B" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

BF6

 B

 F#

 20"

 6

$75

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BF7

 B

 F#

 20"

 7

$80

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"A#" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

ASF6

 A#

 F

 21"

 6

$85

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ASF7

 A#

 F

 21"

 7

$90

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"A" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

AF6

 A

 E

 22"

 6

$95

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AF7

 A

 E

 22"

 7

$100

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"G#" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

GSF6

 G#

 D#

 23"

 6

$110

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GSF7

 G#

 D#

 23"

 7

$115

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"G" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

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GF6

 G

 D

 24"

 6

$115

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GF7

 G

 D

 24"

 7

$125

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"F#" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

FSF6

 F#

 C#

 25"

 6

$135

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FSF7

 F#

 C#

 25"

 7

$140

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"F" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

F2F6

 F

 C

 26"

 6

$150

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F2F7

 F

 C

 26"

 7

$155

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"E" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

E2F6

 E

 B

 27"

 6

$165

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E2F7

 E

 B

 27"

 7

$170

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"D#" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

DS2F6

 D# (bass)

 B flat

 28"

 6

$175

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DS2F7

 D# (bass)

 B flat

 28"

 7

$185

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"D" Flute:

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Holes

Price

Order

D2F6

 D (bass)

 A

 29"

 6

$190

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D2F7

 D (bass)

 A

 29"

 7

$200

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* The tonic (Indian Sa) of the bansuri is the note sounded when 3 finger holes are closed. 6 holes closed determines the key. The same flute may be referred to by either its tonic or key.

Please note: Flutes custom made from specially selected pieces of rare bamboo are available at prices about $40.00 higher per flute. Please E-mail or call 254-771-2899.

Features:

  • Handcrafted in the traditional way.

  • Carefully made from high-quality Hawaian bamboo hand picked by Jeff himself.

  • Finest quality instruments.

 

 

New! Bansuri Flute case by Buckingham Music, Inc.:

Price $22.00

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Special models:

Pandit G. D. Sachdev Concert and Recording Model:

This very special flute, made from a specially selected piece of rare bamboo, to Pandit G. D. Sachdev's exact specifications is now available here for the first time on-line.

 

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Price

Order

FFSGSS

 F

C

29"

$200

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Pandit Hari Prasad Concert and Recording Model:

This very special flute, made from a specially selected piece of rare bamboo, to Pandit Hari Prasad's exact specifications is now available here for the first time on-line. Please note: this is made as a right-handed flute unless specially ordered.   You can order a left handed model for $25 more. 

 Model #

 * Tonic

Key

Length

Price

Order

EFPHP-R

 E

B

30"

$200

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EFPHP-L

 E

B

30"

$225

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Quick flute maintenance Q &A:

Q:
"When I bought my first baby one many years ago in India, I was advised to occasionally oil it with mustard seed oil. More recently, I bought a grown up one from a player in India. Once I'd got it home, and stretched my hands to finger it, I oiled it with linseed oil, which seemed to me to improve the quality of the sound, though my main reason was to protect it from the moisture in the breath. Is this a good or a bad idea? I am replacing this bansuri because, as I was warned by the seller, it is slightly out of tune. Also, it has almost half an inch of bow in it's length. Is this bow detrimental to the sound?"

A:
"Linseed oil usually contains harmful additives. Mustard seed oil is edible. Which one would you rather have on your lips? Oil does protect from the moisture of the breath, but too much oil is bad too and will make the bamboo deteriorate. Twice a year, only on the inside, is enough.
Bow is an aesthetic consideration. A slight bow doesn't mean much. However, a greater bow may also be accompanied by deformities in the diameter, and that will destroy the tuning."
Sri Jeff Whittier, maker.

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